Empties & Mini Reviews | June

Monday, July 10, 2017

So in keeping up with my Empties and mini reviews in the format that seems to be working best for me, I have a whole bunch of stuff to share with you guys today that I managed to use up in June. Unfortunately and shockingly this month I have so few products I actually enjoyed and would repurchase and so many that I am more than happy to see go in the recycling bin. Without further ado I give you my June Empties and a whole helping of disappointment...


Korres Bergamot Pear Body Milk
I am so sad this was only a deluxe sample because I could easily use this for the rest of my life. This body milk smells delicious and is hydrating enough throughout the day to make me want to get my hands on some more of these.

Yes To Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser
This was kindly gifted to me by Binita and I'm so grateful to have tried it. Sadly it's still not available here in UK but I hope it will be soon because it's a super affordable melting gel cleanser that can be used for makeup removal and/or skin cleansing. It melts into an oil and you can add water for a more milky cleanse. It's smells like delicious coconuts and although it can leave a film when you use it as a balm, it is hydrating and skin softening.

OGX Argan Oil Miracle In Shower Oil
I really made the most of this versatile oil. It lived in my shower caddy and mostly I would use it in the winter as a wash off body oil to layer my moisturiser over because my body gets super dry in the cold weather. I also loved using it before or after washing my hair to make it more manageable and shiny.

THE ONES I MIGHT CONSIDER REPURCHASING (basically if they go on sale)

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser
There was a time when this sweet smelling number was my favourite cleansing balm of all. But these days, having tried so many more, I think I prefer actual balms whereas this is a gel. Also, this doesn't get waterproof makeup off as efficiently as I'd like and so it's not one I'm desperate to have back in my stash but if the right sale came along, I could be tempted to use it again.

SuperFacialist Vitamin C Glow Boost Skin Serum
I used this up pretty quickly mainly because it was such a pleasurable product to use. It smells amazing, just like my beloved cleansing oil from the same range - that sweet orange scent that smells edible. The light cream texture absorbs into the skin right away and feels so skin smoothing, hydrating and makes my skin instantly appear more glowing. I can't say I noticed anything more significant but if I find this in TK Maxx again for a few quid I would happily use it again.

SkinTruth Intensive Heel Repair Balm*
I know there's plenty of product left in this tube but I couldn't squeeze anymore out and since taking that picture I've snipped the tube and am still using the rest up. I liked this foot cream but didn't love it and that's simply because the moisturising and hydration effects don't last long enough for me. My feet are extremely dry, my heels are very rough and so when I apply a foot cream it needs to soothe and hydrate for longer than a couple of hours. Having said that I love the scent of this and used this tube up quite quickly. 

Templespa Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream
This smells amazing. I suppose that's the point because it's meant to be aromatherapy meets skincare. It is such a soothing and relaxing scent and combined with the lush formula, this night cream would be such a treat to apply when you're feeling particularly stressed. 

I also used up:

Benecos Hand & Nail Cream
Ren Bio-Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream
Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life


Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser
I love the packaging of this - that bright yellow and the chunky housing really excites me. That's all I can say I like about this really very pricey moisturiser! I tried applying this straight or with a hydrating serum and every way it still makes my skin feel very dehydrated and I get that tight, pulling sensation that I detest. On top of that, the scent puts me right off. It smells almost like that chemical/synthetic banana scent, which I generally hate and makes me want to puke. Which then makes this smell like hint of puke to me (I wish I was being dramatic). I'm just glad this was such a small pot because I would never purchase a full size having tried it.

Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream
I literally forced myself to use this sample up and now I can't think why when I hated it so much. I can't say there's anything special about the formula or ingredients that warrants the price tag from my user experience. But the worst thing about this is the texture. It's almost a dry textured cream that crumbles when you touch it. You pick up a few scrapings and then have to warm it between your fingers to make it melt and then apply. Once applied it's not hydrating enough to make me want to spend quite so much on the full size either. The texture though, very odd.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
I've seen so many people herald this as their favourite The Ordinary product; some even go so far as to say it's their favourite skincare product of all time. But this literally did nothing for me. At its best it was mildly hydrating. At its worst it made my skin feel dry & tight straight after applying moisturiser or oils, and the sticky tacky texture is really not something I could grow to love. Yes it's affordable, but that doesn't mean I want something that doesn't work in my routine. I'm so glad to see the back of this and again, I'm wondering why I bothered to use it all up.

MOA The Green Balm
I got this as part of one of my initial Latest In Beauty boxes. I had such high hopes because I'd seen this brand online and it appeared completely enchanting. But sadly upon opening this pot I found that the balm had congealed at the top, forming a thick layer I had to tear open to get to the remaining product. But the balm itself had a funky smell, had a weird gritty texture and didn't seem at all that different from Boots Botanics Organic Super Balm which I didn't enjoy using too much either.

Boots Botanics Hydrating Eye Cream 80% Organic
I love the Botanics Triple Age Renewal Hydrating Eye Serum and thought this would be amazing too. But it isn't very hydrating for me and I feel like if I had younger skin then maybe this could work for me. But I need something super moisturising under my eyes that isn't too heavy or greasy for the daytime and this just didn't do it for me. I used it on my neck for a while but then just gave up because I just didn't enjoy using it at all.

Balance Me Skin Bright Toning Mist
I was so excited about this product but it wasn't great to me at all. The mist had a very strong scent and although I can't identify what it smelled like it was far too overbearing. Also, once I sprayed this onto my face it was very wet and left tiny bubbles all over my skin which I would then have to pat in to make them disappear. Thankfully I do believe this product is now discontinued.

The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream
This is the first time I've tried a lip cream and its the last time I tried a lip cream. I really didn't enjoy the texture of this. It also wasn't an enjoyable eye cream to use either so this goes even though I've barely used it.

Organii SPF50 Sun Milk
I used this on my girls and its just so thick that it took me a good 10 minutes to work it into their arms and legs until the white cast disappeared. And even then they all turned a little grey/lilac toned from the white cream. One simply doesn't have the time to be working the SPF into the skin for that long every morning.  

What have you been using up lately? Is there anything here you are/were interested in? Do you love Empties posts? I'd love to know...

Sal xxx
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*This post features PR/Gifted items. All opinions are my own & 100% honest. Please see my Disclaimers for more information.

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